Continental’s Dangerous Goods Acceptance class in Guam
I was fortunate enough to attend a five day Dangerous Goods Acceptance class in Guam with two of POI’s Cargo agents. In this class, you learn about what can safely be put on an airplane, as well as how to properly document and package it. The book is around a thousand pages long but luckily you don’t have to memorize the book or the information in it as much as you need to know how to use the book to find what you’re looking for.
Ray Cruz (the Instructor), myself, Bruce Laniyo, and Ben Canete.
Examples of things that are either forbidden on planes or must be packaged and labeled correctly.
All of the warning labels/placards that must be on cargo packages containing Dangerous Goods.
It was portable oxygen generators like this that caused the Value Jet crash in the Florida Everglades back in 1996, killing 110 people. These things are in every plane, they’re the things that feed oxygen into the yellow masks that are supposed to drop down in case the cabin losses pressure. But even though all the big planes have them above each seat, shipping them in the cargo bins is completely different (forbidden now) because of their fire hazard. They get really hot when they turn on, and that’s what happened with the Value Jet flight. They were loaded as cargo, without the Pilot knowing it, one turned on and started a fire. I’d heard about these things for a long time, but this was my first chance to hold one in my hands and see how small and innocent looking they are.